EBW Knowledge Base

Other resources

This is a constantly evolving list of digital-publishing links and resources we find useful and/or interesting.

Background

Great article/ebook by John Siracusa on the history and future of ebooks

The International Digital Publishing Forum
http://www.idpf.org/
The IDPF oversees the development of the specifications that make up epub. The actual specs are on their site. You will very rarely need these, but it’s good to know they’re there.

US ebook sales stats from the AAP/IDPF
http://idpf.org/doc_library/industrystats.htm

Concepts

“The Machine is Us/ing Us”: Brilliant video on the interlinked nature of the Internet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g

“Better than free”: Seminal essay by Kevin Kelly
http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/01/better_than_fre.php

Digital magazine concept video by Bonnier/Berg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAZCr6canvw

Bookserver, a project to standardize ebook sales and lending online
http://www.archive.org/bookserver

Production

Background for designers and production staff
http://www.scribd.com/doc/25544241/Designing-for-digital-What-print-book-designers-should-know-about-ebooks-by-Arthur-Attwell-Electric-Book-Works

EBW’s Knowledge Base
http://electricbookworks.com/kb/
EBW’s useful guidance on digital publishing, such as…

Epubcheck
http://code.google.com/p/epubcheck/
The actual code for epubcheck, the open-source tool for checking whether epubs are valid according to the relevant specs. If you run it yourself on your machine, you need to do so in a command line. Slightly technical, but really fast.

Epubcheck online
http://threepress.org/document/epub-validate/
The easy way to run epubcheck: upload the epub, and epubcheck runs on the site and returns the result of its check.

EPUB: Straight to the point
http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/2010/07/epub-straight-to-point-epub-version.html
Liz Castro’s new book, which came out yesterday in epub format for $20 a copy. I’ve started reading it, and it looks good. Focuses on creating epub from InDesign.

Ebook parts
http://electricbookworks.com/kb/simple-ebook-operational-issues/simple-ebook-structure/order-of-ebook-parts
A section in the EBW Knowledge Base dealing with my recommended ebook parts (as they differ to print book parts).

Epub Zen Garden
http://www.epubzengarden.com
An example of how different CSS files applied to the same epub can radically change ebook design.

W3 Schools symbols
http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_symbols.asp
The HTML for symbols/special characters, like en dashes.

W3 Schools HTML colours
http://www.w3schools.com/Html/html_colors.asp
Colour reference codes for HTML.

Software

Adobe Digital Editions (epub and PDF reader for Windows/Mac, supports Adobe DRM)
http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

Firefox EPUBReader addon
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/45281

Stanza iPhone app (acquired by Amazon)
http://www.lexcycle.com/
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZmm8-8n3Tw

Mobipocket (owned by Amazon)
http://www.mobipocket.com/

Calibre (free; for managing and converting ebook formats)
http://calibre-ebook.com/

Sigil (free; for creating and editing epub ebooks)
http://code.google.com/p/sigil/

Faststone image editor (Windows)
http://www.faststone.org/
Free, good at batch conversions

Web-based ereaders

Bookglutton: http://www.bookglutton.com/

Bookworm: http://bookworm.oreilly.com/

Ibis Reader: http://ibisreader.com/

Flashy ebook products (for dinner parties)

Time Inc’s SI app (promotional video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntyXvLnxyXk

Alice in Wonderland iPad app (demo video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gew68Qj5kxw

Blogs

Mike Shatzkin (business, strategy)
http://www.idealog.com/blog/

Michael Cairns (business, strategy)
http://personanondata.blogspot.com/

Linda Dawson (business, strategy, metadata)
http://www.ljndawson.com/

Threepress Consulting (epub and web-based tech specialists)
http://blog.threepress.org/

Tools of Change (run by O’Reilly Media)
http://toc.oreilly.com/

Twitter

All those that Electric Book Works follows at http://twitter.com/electricbook are highly recommended.

Open-licensed fonts

Linux Libertine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Libertine

Gentium
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium

The League of Moveable Type
http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/

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